Who We Are

Board of Directors

Elisabeth Searles

Vice President
Bruce Habegger

Barbara Lawry

Daniel Birnbaum

Nour Abouhaib

Sarah Herger

Michael Herstand

Erik Johanson

Mary Pratt

Margot Reynolds

Jerald Stein

Ian Stell

Joan Tubridy

Rachel Watson


Amy Helfand

Amy Helfand

Executive Director

Amy has always been a creator and a convener. She has a background in studio art and brought her enthusiasm for performance and community to the West Kortright Centre in 2018, following 20+ years in Brooklyn. In 2012, she founded the House of Love house concert series in Red Hook and has nurtured it into a thriving venue for local, national and international musicians. Amy has a deep involvement with Miles of Music Camp, serving on the Advisory Board and managing a weekend camp in Brooklyn. Her art practice has evolved into a decade-long collaboration with weavers in Nepal, who translate her designs into handmade rugs. She has an BA in American Studies from Hampshire College and MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
John Miglietta

John Miglietta

General Manager

John comes to the West Kortright Centre General Manager position after a 20 + year career as a documentary filmmaker, Producer, Director and Editor. Included in his body of work is the promotional film for the WKC’s 25th Anniversary and an Emmy Award winner for his PBS doc “The Delhi Communication Project”. Previously, he had been a performer and actor in shows ranging from Broadway to Meredith Monk’s “Quarry”. He has been a long-time member of the West Kortright Centre community and is still in a state of happy shock that he is working here.
Caitlyn Davey

Caitlyn Davey

Marketing & Public Relations Director

Caitlyn has been a part of The WKC team since 2015. She grew up in Delaware and Otsego County and is a graduate of the Leadership Otsego class of 2014. Caitlyn holds a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art & Design (2004) and is active in the local arts community as a working metalsmith/jeweler. A mother of two, she is passionate about rural community enhancement, youth development, and STEM/STEAM education; Caitlyn has served on the board of Oneonta World of Learning (OWL) since 2012. WKC-related media can be sent to Caitlyn via Dropbox to caitlyn@westkc.org.